Fall is one of my favorite times of the year! It’s the perfect time to make memories, but so often we get stuck in a rut of just staying home and watching Netflix (guilty). This year, let’s ditch the movies, and be intentional about making memories together!
Spend a day at a local fall festival
A town close to us has a fall festival every year called Punkin’ Days. They have food, vendors, a car show, games, and even a 5K. We spend a few hours just walking around and it’s so much fun!
Find a local fall festival and invite some friends. Run the 5K, take pictures in the pumpkin patch, or maybe even sell some of your crafts! It’s likely to become a tradition and create some beautiful annual memories.
Bake fall treats
For some, it’s pumpkin pie or ginger snaps. For me, it’s anything apple. I love putting on some good music and just baking the day away.
Some of my favorite memories in the past few years have been sharing these treats with my friends and family. In fact, my husband and I attended a Bible study together before we started dating, and I was able to impress him with my apple treats.
If you have kids, this would be a great tradition to start. The kitchen is the best place to make memories!
Attend a football game
We live in Texas, where football is king. Every Thursday through Sunday, there are junior high, high school, college, and professional games going on all around the state. The weather is cool, the fans are cheering, and the band is loud. It’s so much fun!
My dad was a football coach for 26 years, so most of my childhood memories revolve around football, and I love that! There are few greater feelings than attending a local football game and cheering on those high school kids. Believe me, it’s a memory that you want to have.
Plan a family fun day
This time of year, there are endless opportunities for family fun. Take your kids to an apple orchard, explore a pumpkin patch, or jump in piles of leaves. Whatever you choose, set aside a day just for your family to have fun. Take lots of pictures and soak in every moment; you’ll want to relive it for years to come.
Build a bonfire
One of my favorite fall memories was when Caleb and I were dating. He built a bonfire on a Friday night because I had been wanting one. Our friends came out to his house, we had pizza, and we all hung out around the fire. It was SUCH a fun time, and I wouldn’t trade that memory for the world.
Fall bonfires are a must-have, and they’re even better with friends! Use this as a time to invite some people over without having to worry about a clean house. 😉 All you need is a fire, some snacks, and a few chairs and blankets!
Decorate your home for fall
Whether it’s pumpkins, fall trees, or leaves, decorating your home, especially if you involve your spouse or kids, can be a great memory-making tradition. It gets you in the mood for this beautiful season, and it gives you a pretty reminder every day of why you love it.
To make this an even greater memory, try to include pictures from past fall memories around your house. There’s nothing better than reminiscing and recreating those memories!
Go on a hike
I love summer hikes, but nothing compares to fall hikes. The weather is such a beautiful temperature, the leaves are changing, and everyone is so excited to be outside (especially after a summer in Texas).
Many parks will offer free hikes or hikes themed for the fall season, so be sure to check their website or Facebook page for those opportunities. This is also a great time to take a family camping trip before the nights get too cold!
Caleb and I both come from big families, so we’re not the kind of people to go around the table on Thanksgiving and give thanks. If we did, we’d never get to eat! 😉 But as the leaves change and the weather gets cooler, my heart is always filled with thankfulness: for this season, for my family and friends, and for these memories.
Go out and enjoy your memories. But at the end of the day, give thanks to God for His goodness. After all, every good and perfect gift comes from Him (James 1:17).
What’s your favorite way to make memories in the fall? Which one of these ways do you want to try this year? Leave me a comment and let me know!
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